The 56th Combined Cadet Force Review took place on Saturday 27 April in dry weather for the first time for four years. While it may have been dry, however, it was very cold and the 250 cadets on parade were grateful to the Reviewer, Group Captain Gillespie (Station Commander, RAF Waddington) for the hot pace which he set inspecting the lines!
After a magnificent March-on and Inspection in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant, Lady Gretton, and the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Councillor Peter Lewis, amongst many other distinguished guests, the centre-piece of the parade was the presentation for the first time of the Clive Priestley Sword and Prize to the Contingent Regimental Sergeant Major, Andrew Halliwell. Andrew was presented with it by Mrs Daphne Priestley, OBE DL, who had donated it in memory of her late husband, a pupil at the school from 1947 to 1953, and who was clearly delighted to be able to present it in person.
After the usual round of cadet activities, the lunch guests and spectators were treated to drill displays by the RAF and Army Sections before revelling in the Annual Inter-Service Field Gun Competition in which Army team triumphed by virtue of an identical time to the Royal Navy, but, having not put a foot wrong, without the twenty second penalty incurred by the Senior Service.
Congratulations to all who contributed to a superb display of esprit de corps. Especial congratulations to the members of the contingent from the High School who were taking part in the event for the first time.